Jaakkola Jouni & Jaakkola Maritta


Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research


Research unit: Center for Environmental and Respiratory health Research (CERH)


Group leaders

Professor Jouni  Jaakkola (MD, DSc, PhD) and Professor Maritta Jaakkola (MD, PhD)



What do we do

Global environmental change, in particular climate change, affect health of most populations either directly or indirectly. CERH applies multidisciplinary complementary research methodologies to empirically evaluate the impact of the most relevant environmental factors, such as extreme temperatures, air pollution, and housing factors on public health.

The research provides insight into mechanisms, clinical significance, susceptibility and long-term influence of global environmental change on human health. This enables making predictions of future public health impacts, as well developing mitigation measure for reducing or preventing adverse health effects related to environmental change at the global scale.


Our team

Senior and junior researchers

  • Simo Näyhä, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor
  • Tiina Ikäheimo, PhD, Adjunct Professor
  • Timo Hugg, PhD
  • Taina Lajunen, PhD
  • Aino Rantala, PhD
  • Reginald Quansah, PhD
  • Mildred Maisonet, PhD

Doctoral students

  • Alavaikko Salla
  • Amegah Adeladza Kofi
  • Balogun Hamudat
  • Heikkinen Sirpa
  • Hintsala Heidi
  • Hyrkäs Henna
  • Jaakkola Kari
  • Mehtonen Ilkka
  • Paaso Elina
  • Ryti Niilo
  • Tuokila Mirkka

Other staff

  • Aittamaa Riitta, project secretary
  • Karjula Salla, research assistant
  • Keränen Teemu, research assistant
  • Korkala Essi, research assistant
  • Kuivala Karoliina, research assistant
  • Laurila Kari-Pekka, research assistant
  • Niemelä Terttu, research coordinator
  • Ollila Meri-Maija, research assistant
  • Siltari Hanna, research coordinator
  • Wallin Katri, research nurse


Where are we headed

Our goal is to assess the health impact and burden of disease from exposures to global environmental change. Our ground-breaking approach applies multidisciplinary research methodologies through nationwide population, register, controlled and clinical studies and synthesize the evidence applying meta-analyses and burden of disease assessment for global utilization.


Our main collaborators


  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District
  • Verve Rehabilitation and Research Center


  • University of California, San Diego (USA)
  • National Defence Medical School (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, INSERM (France)


How to find us


    Last updated: 9.7.2019